Universal Credit is a new benefit where you will receive all your benefits paid to you in one monthly payment. Benefits that will be replaced by Universal Credit are:
How will it be paid?
Universal Credit will be paid in arrears as a single monthly payment, as this is how the majority of people are paid wages. Whereas currently all of our customers have their housing benefit entitlement paid directly to SLH, under Universal Credit your housing benefit will be paid directly to you as part of your monthly payment meaning you will have to pay SLH direct for your rent. Where a couple make a joint claim you will have to decide who receives the single payment.
When will people be transferred to Universal Credit?
From October 2013, all new claims for benefits will be paid through Universal Credit, it will then be phased in for all existing claimants.
How do I apply?
You will be expected to go online and complete a Universal Credit application form. It is expected that when Universal Credit is introduced, 50% of applications will be made online. This is expected to rise to 80% by the end of the role out period in 2017.
What if I cannot get online or use a computer?
If you are having trouble accessing the internet, get in touch, we can help.
To prepare you can:
You may not be affected now, but you could be affected in the future, so it's important that you are ready.
Get in touch if: